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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organizations, business entities, or other institutions making films with the intent to educate. The AFA is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated to documenting the history of this imprtant film genre, now endangered by the movement by many media libraries to divest their film collections. The AFA also engages in special research projects, and documents and collects films that consist of rare or unusual material relating to social conventions and mores.

The AFA's holdings consist of approximately 6,000 16mm films. A recent audit indicated that approximately 12% of the AFA's collection consists of films that are no longer in distribution.

The objective of the Academic Film Archive as it relates to the Internet Archive is to provide public access to films that are no longer in distribution, thereby contributing significantly to the history of film, society, and education.

Please click www.afana.org for more information including biographies and filmographies of significant academic filmmakers.

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2018 Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
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2013 Stewart Nestor
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Johanna Alemann is believed to be the first woman filmmaker, operating as a sole proprietor, to run an academic film company in North America. Her focus was mainly on art. She made twenty films for her company, Alemann Films, and passed away on November 12, 2012 at the age of 89. This photo essay, made her friend Stewart Nestor, is a memorial to her. In 2013, it is anticipated that all of her films will be uploaded to the Academic Film Archive of North America collection at the Internet...
Topic: Johanna Alemann
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2010 Shanta Herzog, Eric Acevedo, Steve Ruiz, Milan Herzog
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Milan Herzog produced, both as a line producer as well as an executive producer, an estimated 400 titles, probably more academic films than anyone in history. Born in Vrbovec, Croatia, on August 23-24, 1908, Milan’s greatest influence in film was as Encyclopaedia Britannica Films’ Vice President of Production, where he influenced, supported, and befriended filmmakers such as Chuck Finance, Tom Smith, Bert Van Bork, and Larry Yust. Milan passed away on April 20, 2010. Milan had an...
Topics: afana, milan herzog, academic film
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2007 Yvonne Anderson
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The Sun Gallery Provincetown 1955-1959 (2007) 10m. Andersen and Falcone founded the Sun Gallery in the spring of 1955 in a storefront located at 393 Commercial Street, Provincetown. It was open to everyone, but specialized in finding new young talent. It soon became a local hangout for poets, actors, and artists, one of whom was a very young Red Grooms. The film documents the artistic idealism and joie de vivre of Provincetown in the mid-to-late 1950s. For more on Yvonne Andersen, visit...
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2007 Yvonne Anderson
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Artists of the Sun (2007) 15m. The Sun Gallery in Provincetown hosted new shows every Monday. This film shows some of the artists that were "regulars," filmed both at Sun as well as in New York. In the fall of 1958, Yvonne and Domenic started the Provincetown Film Study Group, using a Bolex 16mm camera to document their friends, gallery, and living environment. Artists portrayed in this film include Dominic Falcone, Red Grooms, Lester Johnson, Alex Katz, Tony Vevers, and Joan Wye. For...
Topics: art gallery, Provincetown
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2007 Yvonne Anderson
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Provincetown: 1953 The First Summer (2007) 6m. This extraordinary home movie is essentially a time capsule of Provincetown, Massachusetts, as it was in the summer of 1953, consisting of old stills and silent black and white film. In 1953, Yvonne Andersen and Betty King, art students at LSU, went to Provincetown for the summer to study with painter Hans Hofmann. Living there at the same time, aspiring writer Dominic Falcone. The trio met in Provincetown, and for a time were all working at the...
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1990 Steven Condiotti
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From a story by Raymond Carver, filmed in El Cerrito,CA. Here, a sad man puts his possessions on in his front yard to sell, and two strangers arrive as buyers. They remain, to become part of the tableau. Two sets of relationships here are in a state of transition, in a beautiful, touching film that offers no concrete answers.
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Topic: relationships
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1989 Ed Schuman; Churchill FIlms
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Looks at life in Russia shortly before the disintegration of the Soviet Union from the perspective of a Moscow teenager named Alec. Discusses the ethnic diversity of the Soviet Union, the 15 different republics and the challenge of creating a market system and democracy. Discovers Alec's love of rock music, the importance of literature and warm friendships in his culture and how uncertain times affect a teenager's life.
Topic: Soviet Union
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1987 Bernard Wilets
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Presents elements that make the Russian folk music tradition beautiful and distinctive. Discusses the uses of music in Russian villages, cities, and churches and shows how modern music is being influenced by these traditions. Includes choruses, solo songs and costumed dances, and introduces the balalaika, panpipes and zhalieka. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Topics: balalaika, panpies, zhalieka
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1984 Bernard Wilets Productions.
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Here, Bernard Wilets creates a game show, "Risk Your Reputation," a dramatization in which the two great generals of the Civil War, Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, debate the issues that led to war and reveal the full horror of the protracted battles that took the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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1984 Bruce Russell
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To say Russell makes films on biology is sort of like saying Rodin threw some clay on a table and a few minutes later came up with a figure representative of a human. 'Light Microscope' starts out didactically (Russell was a former K-12 biology teacher) in instructing the student on proper microscope technique, then goes off into the hyperspace of lighting techniques, using light and colored filters, that make otherwise difficult-to-see phenomena visible. This film, frankly, borders on...
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Topics: biology, science, volvox, hydra, amoeba
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1982 Charles L. Finance
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Using computer animation and pictures from NASA space missions, discusses the similarities and differences among the planets. Summarizes how the solar system was formed and why it is important to learn as much as possible about the other planets.
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1982 Charles L. Finance
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Combines beautiful animation sequences with live-action and documentary photography for a dramatic exploration of the role comets play in scientific research.
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1982 Ken Meyer
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For almost 35 years, Conrad Schwiering has painted the Teton Range with a reverential, almost religious, devotion to the grandeur of his surroundings. For Schwiering, it is the mountains themselves and the rugged individuals who live at their feet that make his canvases spring to life.
Topics: Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Academic Film Archive of North America
1982 Bernard Wilets
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Examines the complexities of Constitutional freedom and guarantees. Discusses whether or not freedom of speech is absolute or should be controlled when it threatens law and order. Illustrates the discussion with the case of a neo-Nazi who speaks in front of a Jewish temple in praise of Hitler and in criticism of Jews. Filmmaker Wilets noted that several violent incidences occurred in classrooms regarding the appearance of Nazis in this film. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit...
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1982 Bernard Wilets
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Reviews the two main influences -- African and English -- on the development of American folk music. Traces the history of one ballad from its original British version through its journey across America to its emergence in the American West as the cowboy song, 'The Streets of Laredo,' and later in a Negro blues version entitled 'Saint James Infirmary. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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1982 Bernard Wilets, BFA
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An open-end film to stimulate discussion of the equal rights issue. Uses an incident in which a black factory worker is promoted over a white employee with seniority as a basis for reviewing the constitutional issues involved in establishing policies of equal employment opportunities. Actors include Andrea Sheridan Ordin (elected President of Los Angeles Police Commission in 2012), and Phil Richards, a parking lot attendant who also appeared in Wilets' film on Machiavelli. This is a revision of...
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1981 Weston Woods
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A guided tour of the Weston Woods Studios, both past and present (1981), showing the unique artistic processes used in adapting books to motion pictures and filmstrips. Tour guided by Morton Schindel, the founder and president of the company. Author Gerald McDermott is shown reading from his book "Arrow to the Sun." For more on Schindel and Weston Woods, go to http://www.afana.org/schindel.htm
Topics: children's books, picture books, animation
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1981 Weston Woods
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Director Gene Deitch interviews author and illustrator of children's books Tomi Ungerer. An engaging and funny man, Ungerer is one of the darkest of all writers of children’s books. He takes an absolute joy in being an iconoclast, discusses his fear of the dark, and how children enjoy the terror in his books. He defends children's innate intelligence, and notes the harm in being overly protective. Not a word is mentioned about the fact that he’s also a noted ribald adult cartoonist. This...
Topics: illustration, picture books
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1980 Peter Winograd
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‘Modoc’ (1980) 15m, dir. Peter Winograd. The story of the 1873 Modoc Indian War against the encroachment of white settlers, who "brought smallpox, whisky, and Christianity". Tired of life on the reservation, this tribe, numbering 150, took back their ancestral lands, killing 14 settlers in the process. Union troops were routed when they attempted to fight the Modocs, who defended their territory from atop the rugged lava-encrusted hills along the California-Oregon border. Another...
Topics: academic film, Native American, modoc, native american
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1980 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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Here, a 25 ton block of granite being burned, drilled, and blasted from the heart of a Vermont mountain, focusing on the machinery used. Filmed at the Rock of Ages Quarry in Barre, VT. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: quarry, Barre
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1980 Richard A. Reynolds
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Years ago, artists would walk around the muck at the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Emeryville, and build loads of sculptures out there on the flats, created from driftwood and found objects that drivers would enjoy as they motored south on the old Highway 17 (known in numerous radio ads as 'Highway 17, The Nimitz'). Grabbing material off someone else’s work was considered fair game and part of the fun, and contributed a kinetic dynamic to the ongoing display. Now the place is a park, and...
Topics: San Francisco Bay, wood sculpture
Academic Film Archive of North America
1979 Françoise Sagan
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This wonderful film focuses on an older woman waiting on a park bench on a cold winter day for a lover who returns every year. Directed by Françoise Sagan, author of Bonjour Tristesse.
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Topics: France, elderly, romance
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1979 Berlet Films
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Presents a history of the greater sandhill crane, including the conservation efforts to save this once endangered species. For more on directors Walt and Myrna Berlet, visit http://www.afana.org/berlet.htm
Topic: birds
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1978 Intl Film Foundation
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Homage à François Couperin (1978) 2m, dir. Philip Stapp. Also known as "Butterflies". A three-minute fantasy of butterflies and dragonflies cavorting amongst the pussywillows, Japanese-inspired animation accompanied by two variations on keyboard works by the Baroque composer. Uses a pointillist technique to provide a stroboscopic illusion where recognizable shapes become fluid abstractions, and where time is stretched to reveal the main patterns of the choreography. Exhibits a...
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Topics: animation, Couperin, baroque, music
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1978 David Loeb Weiss.
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(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
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1977 Carson "Kit" Davidson
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The mechanized production of Duro-Test light bulbs is filmed as a dance to the tune of the Brandenburg, as choreographed filaments, glass, and metal combine in a dynamic finale. For more on Carson Davidson, visit http://www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: industrial, light bulb
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People from the future conjure these two ghosts from the past, who fade back into the past as the film ends. Here, Karl Marx and John D. Rockefeller debate their philosophies of private versus public ownership, free versus regulated markets, revolutionary versus evolutionary change. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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1977 Thomas G. Smith
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Tom Smith headed up the Special Effects team at Industrial Light & Magic, where he created all the goodies for the 'Star Wars' films. This is his academic film masterwork, which took over a year to create, over 13 weeks to film, and utilized "traveling mattes," with as many as five separate films running in the background, showcasing wonderful models and graphics. About the making of the film, Tom Smith writes: "I made that film in 1976 with Richard Basehart as narrator and a...
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Topics: space, universe, Industrial Light and Magic, ILM
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1977 Ginny Hashii; Carousel Films
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This film offers a profile of a Japanese-American family who teach their daughter the traditions and arts of their ancestors, which they have incorporated into their American lifestyle. The family is Vic and Joyce Hiraga, daughters Jenny and Julie, and Joyce's mother Mary Fujiwara. Origami, flower arranging, and cooking are discussed. There is also a brief discussion of Japanese-American internment war camps. The film emphasizes relationship between grandmother and granddaughter.
Topics: Japanese-Americans, internment camps
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1977 Bruce And Katharine Cornwell
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'Journey to the Center of a Triangle' (1976) 8m, dir. Bruce & Katharine Cornwell. Another fabulous film by the Cornwells, created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal. Presents a series of animated constructions that determine the center of a variety of triangles, including such centers as circumcenter, incenter, centroid and orthocenter. The music is Bach's preludes 8 (Eb minor) and 12 (F minor) from the Well Tempered Clavier. More on the Cornwells at http://www.afana.org/cornwell.htm...
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Topics: mathematics, science
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1977 Bruce and Katharine Cornwell
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Bruce and Katharine Cornwell are primarily known for a series of remarkable animated films on the subject of geometry. Created on the Tektronics 4051 Graphics Terminal, they are brilliant short films, tracing Klee-like geometric shapes to intriguing music, including the memorable 'Bach meets Third Steam Jazz' musical score in ‘Congruent Triangles.’ In this melding of art and science, the Cornwells create a quasi-hypnotic take on a mathematical construct. More on the Cornwells at...
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Topic: mathematics, science
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1977 John Barnes
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An adaptation of the short story of the same title by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, in which four men who have survived a catastrophic war share memories of their past lives and a civilization which no longer exists. Here, a vintage recording of Debussy's Nocturne played by Walter Gieseking becomes the vehicle by which four lovers of the humanities hover together in a cold post-apocalyptic shack of sandbags to mourn weekly over lost art and loves gone by. Barnes, who must be considered among the...
Topic: apocalypse
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On camera, director John Barnes demonstrates how Walter Van Tilburg Clark's short story 'The Portable Phonograph' was adapted to make a motion picture. Barnes alternates between reading passages from the story and showing film interpretations of the same scene, describing the differences between the actual story and the screenplay. For more on John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: screenplay
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1977 Weston Woods
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Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based on children’s picture books along with his wife and colleague, Zdenka Deitchova. Here, Deitch describes the painstaking process of animating a picture book for film and selecting a musical score. For more on Deitch, visit Creator of the Mr. Magoo and Tom Terrific animated characters, Deitch has spent the last several decades in Prague, directing films based...
Topics: Gene Deitch, picture books, animation
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1977 Willis Simms
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Here, Simms' Animated Art Class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, portrays an animated trek through the past and future. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topics: student film, time travel
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The SCF (Sectional Center Facility) machine allows specially trained postal clerks to visually can one letter per second, then strike three keys to encode the last three digits of a zip code. It's mindless work, and it's just one of the facets of postal distribution shown in this decades-old film. Here, we witness a true story about a boy with a hearing disability and his correspondence with running back Larry Brown of the Washington Redskins,a professional football player who has the same...
Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Irving Rusinow, Postal Service, NFL, Washington Redskins, Larry Brown
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1976 Thomas G. Smith
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This film shows experiments which illustrate the way in which light normally moves, how it bends and is refracted, how a prism separates white light into its component colors, and various applications of lasers. About the film, producer Tom Smith writes: "Learning About Light” (1975) is one of a series of junior high physics films made by Thomas Smith. In addition to this film, the 6-film series include: “Learning about Sound,” “Learning about Magnetism,” “Learning about...
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1976 William Deneen
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Presents an adaptation of the novel of the same title by D.H. Lawrence, about a young, sensitive English boy whose rocking horse empowers him to predict winning racehorses at the eventual cost of his life.
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1976 Jon Wilkman Productions.
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A harsh land and rigorous traditions have given New Englanders a respect for their past and adaptability to their changing present.
Topics: geography, United States
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1976 Weston Woods
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Steven Kellogg, children's book author and illustrator, describes the steps involved in creating his "The island of the Skog", a picture book about the adventures of a group of mice.
Topics: illustration'picture books, children's books
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1976 Dan Bessie
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'Unicycle: Looking at My World' (1976) 15m, dir. Dan Bessie. The world of 15 year old unicyclist Tony Marienthal includes visits to assist the elderly, learning new juggling tricks, and trying to make it home for supper. The film is a wonderful, idyllic "day in the life" film of a teen-ager. It's also somewhat bittersweet, as Tony Marienthal, who wanted his baby son to see this film, died at the young age of 51. It's uploading is being sponsored by his family, who'll show it at Tony's...
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1976 Jon Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the agricultural Midwest of the United States.
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Topics: United States, geography
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In this film from Bernard Wilets' 'Man and the State' series, the director evaluates the conflicting views of Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover on economic policy, the Federal deficit, bureaucracy, and the role of the Federal Government in the lives of American citizens, as the two debate their reasons for acting or failing to act during the Great Depression. For more on Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Topics: FDR, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover
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1976 Jon Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the South Central region of the United States.
Topics: geography, United States
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1976 Jon Wilkman.
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Director Jon Wilkman proposed to revolutionize geographical educational films by telling the story of the land through the stories of its people, in their own words, in the eight films in his "Geography' series. The films involve people of several ethnicities. In Middle Atlantic Region (1976), for example, a black truck driver tell how racism affects his business, a satisfied white ad exec who wants her children growing up in New York City is juxtaposed with a struggling single black...
Topics: geography, United States
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1976 John Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the Southwest region of the United States.
Topics: United States, geography
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1976 John Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
Topics: United States, geography
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1975 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britanncia
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Features Marcel Marceau performing as Bip, whom he calls his 'silent alter ego.' Shows Bip stumble, fight for balance and joyously strive to become a great skater on illusionary ice. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: mime, Marcel Marceau
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1975 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Features Marcel Marceau performing a pantomime showing circus performers demonstrating their skills. Includes a juggler, an acrobat, clowns pulling ropes without ropes and a tightrope walker as the major performer. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: pantomime
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1975 Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
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Documentation of the first lunar landing and rock samples brought back by astronauts have unlocked many mysteries of moon geology. This film shows scientists at Houston's Lunar Receiving Laboratory analyzing clues to a once-secret past. Animated segments illustrate the origins of lunar topography. Other segments show how moon rocks provide clues to the origins of the earth.
Topic: geology
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1975 Merle Norman Cosmetics.; Modern Talking Picture Service.
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Singer Vikki Carr demonstrates the forerunner of today's phonograph, the automatic musical instrument. She explains the hidden mechanisms whereby priceless pianos are played by the 'invisible hands' of pianist Ignace Jan Paderewski and composer - pianist Edvard Grieg, repeating precisely their performance of 50 years ago. These old orchestrations duplicate sounds of entire orchestras, played by player piano, automatic banjo, and other automatic instruments. Carr sings along with some of them in...
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Topic: player pianos
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1975 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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One in a series of twelve films in which the great French mime Marcel Marceau performs some works from his repertoire. In his introduction Marceau states that to him this pantomime has different meanings. He explains that the maskmaker represents humanity and has all the faces humanity can possess. He also suggests that while many people hide behind masks, others use them to create symbols of life and says that the last mask will reveal man in his only and real moment of truth. As the performer...
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Topic: pantomime
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1975 Jonathan Lucas
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This was one of three films made in a series that explored the common theme of using paid and unpaid informants to elicit information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Here, when bikini-clad buxom bombshell Joyce Mandel (known today by her pin-up name of Alexis Love, as was determined by your AFA research team) finds she’s been burgled, she jiggles --- I mean runs --- up the stairs to heavingly --- I mean breathlessly --- call Redondo Beach's finest for assistance. They’re there so fast...
Topic: academic film
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1975 Bert Salzman
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The melting pot of the Pacific is the settling for this story of a teenager whose ingenuity enables his proud grandfather to retain his precious way of life. See Suzuki represents not only the rich racial mix of his unique state, but also its hope for the future. Awards: Midwest Film Festival “ Merit Award”
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Topic: Bert Salzman
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1975 Willis Simms
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In this film, made by Willis Simms' animation class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, a bored boy in classroom fantasizes about wild animals. Animals sounds and the motor noise of the safari car are all provided by children's voices, which adds to the exceptional charm of this film. The adult appearing as the teacher is unidentified. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topic: student film
Academic Film Archive of North America
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This film follows each step in the production of a 16mm film on the travels of Marco Polo made by seventh graders, and shows the motion picture the students made. Willis Simms’ 7th Grade Art Class at Hughes Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California, is shown crafting papier-mâché figures and painted backdrops for a film that was made over two semesters. Music by Robert Clark, narration by daughter Ellen Simms and neighbor Kenneth Jones. Distributed by ACG. For more on Simms, visit...
Topic: student made film
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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In four minutes and not moving from one spot, Marcel Marceau conveys the seven ages of mankind, beginning with life emerging from the womb, through the cycles of life to the grave. Marceau believes "this pantomime reveals maybe the best of what mime can do in condensing time." For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
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Topic: pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of pantomime. Uses the hands as the struggle of good and evil as revealed by the force of the hands themselves through symbolic movements. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents an interpretation of The Painter In Central Park by Marcel Marceau.For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 Bert Salzman
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Set In Manhattan's Central Park, this film is the poignant story of a teenage girl's encounter with a homeless old woman (movingly portrayed by distinguished actress Mildred Dunnock) who carries all her belongings around in shopping bags. This encounter eventually leads to the girl's understanding of the problems of aging and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of their place in society. Actress Mildred Dunnock, who plays the homeless woman, was a former schoolteacher who didn't begin...
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Topics: Bert Salzman, homeless, elderly
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Marcel Marceau discusses his career, analyzes the value of pantomime, and describes the creation of his famous character, Bip. Includes short sequences from various routines featuring Bip. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: pantomime, Marcel Marceau
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 Willis Simms
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A soundtrack was never added to this fascinating film, a futuristic fantasy showing Willis Simms’ students at Highes Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California, making animated pictures and transparencies in the classroom. The film shows how animation is done, transparencies, etc., shows students working on animation in classroom. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topic: student-made film
Academic Film Archive of North America
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In The sixth and final film in Bernard Wilets's Man and the State series is a dramatization of the controversy between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as the two historical figures debate various crises in American history. They are raised from the dead, awaken, debate the Civil War, the Great Depression, and Vietnam, then are returned to their deaths. Filmmaker Bernard Wilets shown briefly on camera, sitting to the right of the camera, wearing a cap. For more on filmmaker Bernard...
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Topic: Man and State, Drama, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 Courter Films
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Shows how corn is ground into flour in a mill built in 1844, in Stillwater, New Jersey.
Topics: Lifestyles, American History
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of his legendary pantomime piece. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
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Topics: pantomime, Marcel Marceau
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 Tom Roades
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'The Fiddler' (1975) 20m, dir. Marshall Riggan. This amazing film showcases an elderly East Texas fiddle maker and his wife. After his hand-crafted fiddle is finished, we discover that he's an amazing country fiddler, too. This 'lost' film was produced by Riggan for a religious organization. Later, under new management, the organization apparently decided that the film was more profane than sacred, and discarded or destroyed all remaining prints.
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Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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One in a series of twelve films in which the great French mime Marcel Marceau performs some works from his repertoire. In his introduction he talks about the possibility of creating a variety of characters for a single sketch, almost establishing a little world of its own. Bip gets dressed for a society party, but has considerable trouble showing interest in the people he meets and becomes progressively more inebriated while exchanging meaningless pleasantries with his fellow guests. For more...
Topics: pantomime, mime
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975
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This film documents a day in the life of a 12 year old Korean girl, learning to dive as a haenyeo on the island of Jeju. This novice diver is of the last generation that will engage in this vocation, and serves as an important historical document. Haenyeo divers are able to dive 30-50 feet with no breathing apparatus, holding their breaths for 2-3 minutes. From 30,000 divers in the 1970s, there are only an estimated 5,000 of them today, most over the age of 50. The film shows the girl diving...
Topics: academic film, Korea, diving, Jeju, haenyeo, ama
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 Bert Salzman
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For most of his life, Angel has been a migrant worker, helping his family as they move from place to place picking crops. When a phone won't work, Angel enlists "Big Joe's" aid to repair it and from then on a friendship develops. Joe and the boy team up to start a rose-growing business. A call from Angel's father comes, the family must leave. Angel can stay with Joe and the promise of a future, or he can go with his family and continue in the uncertain lifestyle of his parents....
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Topics: Bert Salzman, Academy Award
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of pantomime.
Topics: marcel marceau, pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 Willis Simms
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A silent film made by Simms’ Animated Art class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, showing aliens in UFOs first investigating, then attacking the earth. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topics: UFO, alien, student film
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents geographic and cultural aspects of Italy with an account of one family living on a small farm, who, unlike many Italians seeking modernization, avoid mechanization in preference for a simple way of life. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Italy
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 Philip & Gay Courter
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Features a family-operated cider mill that has prospered for 40 years, run by Ellis & Ethel Apgar, New Jersey hill country farmers who recall farm life in an older, friendlier time.
Topics: Lifestyles, American History
Academic Film Archive of North America
1975 John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Presents Marcel Marceau representing all soldiers in all wars as he performs as Bip. Reveals that playing soldier can be fun, but that war is tragic. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: mime, pantomime